Men & Magic
"Outdoor Survival"An old board game from Avalon Hill. I never owned it nor saw it used with D&D. Per Boardgamegeek.com: “Lost and alone you must survive and escape the woods. There are 5 different scenarios from inexperienced hikers lost in the woods to a rescue party trying to find a lost person. You will have to deal with animals, finding food and water, mother nature and sickness without dying to win.” So, we can see it has use for the referee in handling…Outdoor Survival. Or, one could simply house rule these situations. I assume most referees did that very thing on those rare occasions that the player characters were not in a dungeon.
"Chainmail"This one I do own, but honestly I haven’t found a great need for it. Like the above recommended work, I believe that a referee can house rule most of the details which might need to be gleaned from D&D’s predecessor, CHAINMAIL.
"Imagination"Again, one of D&D’s characterizing terms. I doubt many early readers understood exactly what was inferred by this item listed as ‘Recommended Equipment’ at this point in an initial read of the rules.
"1 Patient Referee"I find the choice of Patient as an adjective here to be somewhat noteworthy. Patient due to long lulls in activity while you watch the players? Patient because game sessions require a referee to maintain his composure? Patient when reading and learning these rules? Patient because the time investment is highly demanding? Perhaps it’s a bit of all of the above. Open-minded, creative, thoughtful, inspired, dedicated and organized are just some of the adjectives I might consider before Patient!
~Sham, Quixotic Referee